Brighton Book Haul!

I swear, I only went in for, like one book. Maybe two, at a push. Certainly not the *cough* five I came out with…!

I haven’t done a book haul on this blog for a while, but these books seriously excite me, and I want to share them with you!

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A Bit of a Brummy Book Haul

Hello friends! I can’t actually believe I’m bringing you my third book haul post of the month… but there we go.

I visited my bestie, Natalie, in Lichfield over the Easter holidays, and we went to Stratford-upon-Avon, and the five storey Waterstone’s in Birmingham! Therefore, whilst they are not all from Birmingham, I thought that I would share with you what I bought…

The Sonnets by William Shakespeare 

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I don’t know why this one is so blurry, it just wouldn’t focus! I think my camera had a hard time with the gold text! 

Oh. My. God. Okay, so this book was a wee bit pricey, about £12 I think, but it was SO worth it. This book is smaller than my hand, and each sonnet takes up one page. It’s exclusive to William Shakespeare’s birth place, and it’s a book that is already very important to me.

The White Book by Han Kang 

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This is a book that I’ve been eyeing up for ages (I mentioned it in my top ten books on my immediate TBR!), and I finally bought it in Waterstones. This is different to The Vegetarian in that it isn’t a novel but more prose-poetry, and I am so excited to read it. I want to sit down and devour it all in one, is the only trouble!

Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia 

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Whenever I see this book I get all excited and just want to pick it up… so, eventually, I did! This is a YA book and I was able to get it in the US hardback (which I’m guessing because no one in the UK publishes it?), and I am SO excited to read it. For some reason, I didn’t put it in the same blog post I put The White Book in, but it’s definitely one I want to get to as soon as possible.

I’m really happy with all of the books I bought, and I can’t wait to get to all of them! I would love to know if you’ve read any of these in the comments below!

Until the next time, x

Exciting Book Haul!

Hey friends! I know I’ve just done a book haul but I went shopping today & bought some books that I’m super excited about and I want to share!

I got three novels, all from Waterstone’s in Bournemouth. One is a classic, and two are YA, and I’m so excited for all of them and I’m hoping to get to them later this Easter. I still have a bunch to read on my Easter tbr, but maybe I can get to these sooner rather than later…!

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The first I got is Where Angels Fear to Tread by EM Forster, which is a Penguin English Library edition, which is my favourite edition of classics! I read A Room with a View by EM Forster and loved it, and also got given Howards End by EM Forster at Christmas, but I haven’t read it yet. Anyway, this one is short, about 160 pages, so should be pretty quick to read.

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Next up I grabbed Spark by Alice Broadway! This is the sequel to Ink and I am sooooooo excited to read this! I’d say that this was more MG than YA, but this one might end up being more YA I guess. ANYWAY, you should definitely read this series!

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And finally I picked up Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley. I saw an advert for this behind the till and just turned straight around, picked it up, and came back! It’s about writing and books and a love of words, and the lovely cashier said that I was going to thoroughly enjoy it so I hope she’s right! ❤

All in all, I have a lot to read, and I’m super excited to get to all of these and the ones in my last haul too. 🙂 Have you read any of these? Are you excited to read any of the ones I’m excited for too?

Until the next time,

hannah sign off

Guernsey Book Haul!

I spent my Easter weekend on Guernsey, a Channel Island, visiting my extended family with my close family (I’ll be doing a blog post on our trip soon enough!). Whilst I was there, I was lucky enough to pick up some gorgeous books which I thought I would share with you all.

Overall, I came back with 4 books, a stack of poetry, and one small poetry pamphlet to share, so I’ll start with the books!

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The first book I got was The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, which is the first of a new series! I’ve heard so many good things about this book, and because I’d already finished the two I took away with me (we were away for 4 days, and I read the only books I had in the first two…) I bought another one. I didn’t actually end up starting this whilst away so it seems a bit of a wasted purchase, but I have been wanting to read it for a long time so I will definitely start it soon.

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Next I picked up another copy of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I’ve already read this book but our copy has gone missing (this one is a shared book with my mum), and I want to reread it before I see the film that will come out soon! It’s such a great book, I highly recommend it.

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This is one of the three books I was given (or on a very-long-term-loan) by my uncle. Todd Swift did a PhD at the university I’m currently studying at and my uncle recommended him to me. I haven’t had a chance to look through this yet but I’m excited to read it.

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Another one from my uncle, this one I’m really excited to flick through! It has a condition on one side (say, heartbreak or anxiety) and a poem to “remedy” it on the other! I think I’m going to enjoy flicking through this one.

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Moving away from books, this was also given to me by my uncle, and is a collection of poems on grey cards. I’ve had a look through and they’re also so unique – you can even see in this picture that some are different sizes, some have titles etc. I’m looking forward to delving into these, although I don’t quite know if I should/how I should display them!

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Finally, my mama bought me this collection of poetry by Victor Hugo. I’ve never read any of his poetry so this might be a bit of a surprise and I don’t know if I’ll like it or not, but we’ll see! Obviously it was originally French too so it’ll be translated, which is always fun to read.

So there you have my Guernsey book haul! I’m so excited to get to read everything I acquired in Guernsey, and thank you very much to my parents and to my uncle for helping me to gather yet more books for my dragon-like pile of preciousssssssssssssss….

Have you read any here? What did you think of them?

Until the next time,

hannah sign off

Today’s Monstrous Book Haul

Hello everyone!

Today Natalie and I went to Waterstones and well… I may have bought *some* books. Here’s my book haul!

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The first book I picked up was Love, Hate, & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed. This is a new contemporary that I’ve been really excited about, and I was super in the mood for contemporaries! I’m hoping to get to this one this weekend. It’s about a girl who wants to go to film school but is torn due to her Indian heritage, and what her mum wants from her. When a terrorist attack happens in another city, Maya is faced with Islamophobia from the neighbourhood she’s known all her life. I’m really excited because this is #OwnVoices too.

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The next book I picked up was Witchborn by Nicholas Bowling. I seem to have a thing for witches right now and I am sooo excited! This follows a girl called Alyce who is currently residing in Bedlam asylum – her mother has been executed for being a witch, and Alyce’s powers are beginning to show… Caught between two warring queens – one on the throne and one in the Tower – Alyce has to fight for her life. I’m currently studying Shakespeare too so although I think this is magical realism, it’ll be really fascinating to read something from around the time he was writing!

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The final book I bought in Waterstones today was Where Poppies Blow: The British Soldier, Nature, The Great War by John Lewis-Stempel. This is a non-fiction book about WWI and nature – such as soldiers and their relation to horses, the fields that they fought in, and the vermin that they lived with. I was going to get this over Christmas, but held off – but seeing as I picked it up again, not remembering the title until I read the subtitle, and with a different cover, I thought that it would be something that I would really enjoy so picked it up.

That’s all of the books that I picked up from Waterstones today, but I came home to some book mail!

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I bought The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller from The Book Depository, and it arrived today! I actually have this on Kindle, but I’m seeing Madeline Miller at the UEA Spring Literary Festival and often after them the authors do signings, so I really wanted to have a physical copy! I’m so excited to read this: this follows Achilles and Patroclus during the Trojan War, aka a retelling of the Iliad – and they’re lovers! This sticks, I think, close to the story of the Iliad (come on, having read it, they loved each other so much!), and it has incredible ratings, so I can’t wait to read it.

DSC_1099And that’s my book haul! I also grabbed Grave Matter by Juno Dawson from the library, which seems to be a short novella with illustrations about a girl who died and the boy who mourns her. It seems to have a bit of magical realism too.

I really hope you guys have enjoyed this blog post! Let me know if you’ve read any of these books in the comments below. Once I’ve read them, I’ll be reviewing them on my review blog, Sprinkled With Words, so if you’re interested to hear my thoughts on them make sure to head on over there and give it a follow!

Until the next time,

hannah sign off

A Very Potter Primark & Book Haul!

Hello!

Today I went shopping with my wonderful family as my brother is going to college, and what are two things I cannot resist? Ah, yes. Harry Potter, and books. And what am I confronted with? Results in a big oops I did it again… kind of situation.

I actually had a fantastic day, and I am so happy with the clothes, home-ware, and the books that I got! Here’s the books quickly below ;P

  1. Editing Emma by Chloe Seager
  2. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
  3. Autumn by Ali Smith

Just watch this YouTube video to see what I got from Primark!

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I’m so excited to read Editing Emma because I’ve seen it around on Twitter so much, and I just had to join the hype! And I haven’t actually even read Lady Midnight, and I still have to read Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy and The Bane Chronicles before I can do that anyway! However, I wanted the special edition of Lord of Shadows, and it was £2 off, so y’know, why not. Also it has blue sprayed edges. Yaas. And finally I picked up Autumn because it was recommended to me, and it’s the Waterstone’s Book of the Month!

I’m going to be starting Editing Emma and Autumn in the next week, and hopefully I’ll get to Lord of Shadows by the end of the year! (Here’s hoping, anyway…)

Until the next time,

Hannah x

February Reading Wrap-Up & Haul | 2017

My reading month this February wasn’t as good as January’s, but I still read a lot and I got to two of my most anticipated: Saga volume 2 and 3 which I’ve been wanting to read for AGES!

Wrap-Up

  1. The Wicked and the Divine #2 by Kieron Gillan and Jamie McKelvie 
  2. The Wicked and the Divine #3 by Kieron Gillan and Jamie McKelvie
    I’m going to write about these two together! I definitely enjoyed these more than #1 – I wasn’t actually sure about carrying on with the series. However, I really loved volumes 2 and 3 and would love to carry on afterwards as well.
  3. The Fox & the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith
    This is SUCH a beautiful little graphic novel. The designs are exquisite and it’s even cloth-bound! The story is delightful and so, so cute. I’d really recommend this little graphic novel.
  4. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith 
    I think the less said about this book, the better… Basically: it is not the definition of a realism novel… Anyway. That’s this book over and done with.
  5. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriager
    This is a MG novel, and was absolutely brilliant. The characters had very weird names, but they were still fascinating. I really enjoy steampunk although I don’t read a lot of it. I’d love to read Carriager’s Parasol series, too. Scott was the best character of all, obviously. ;P
  6. Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend
    Another university book! I’m kind of in the middle of this one about whether I actually liked it or not, but I would still definitely recommend it; diverse magical realism!
  7. Paper Girls #1 by Brian K Vaughan 
    I feel like I needed the next volume of this one already, because it ended a bit abruptly. However, I’m super intrigued as to what’s happening and want to read more!
  8. The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon 
    University book #3. Written in a vernacular (kind of like a written accent), it’s a really interesting and relevant book about immigrants to London in the 1950s.
  9. The Infernal Devices graphic novel: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare and Hye-Kyung Baek
    I was kind of disappointed in this graphic novel. It wasn’t as good as I thought it would be, so if you want to read the series definitely read the actual novels instead of just the graphic novels.
  10. Saga #2 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  11. Saga #3 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples 
    I’m going to put these two together too, and basically just say: Saga is BRILLIANT and you should definitely go and read it RIGHT NOW! I absolutely LOVE this graphic novel series.
  12. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 
    My book club‘s book of the month! I really enjoyed this book, especially the ending. I feel like it’s a book everyone should read (and if you don’t want to, read it just to say you’ve read it :P)
  13. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig 
    I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! It was filled with everything I wanted it to be and I absolutely loved the idea of it. I can’t wait to get my hands on book two, THE SHIP THROUGH TIME which came out a few days ago!
  14. Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley 
    This is a really interesting graphic novel about Katie and her household spirit, Lis. This novel has such beautiful illustrations and is a really interesting read and yet kind of scary read. I really loved it, and would definitely recommend it!

Book Haul

BOUGHT:

  • Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
  • Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
  • Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza (received in Fairyloot!)
  • Life Class by Ludwig Bemelmans (received in Bookishly box!)
  • Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka
  • Strangers by Paul Finch (£1 mystery book for charity)
  • A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
  • Who Let the Gods Out by Maz Evans
  • A Girl in Exile by Ismail Kaurae

GIVEN:

  • Night Film by Marisha Pessl (thank you to Emma @emmmabooks!)
  • The Snowman by Jo Nesbo (in a book exchange)

RECEIVED FOR REVIEW:

  • Displaced by Stephen Abarbanell
  • The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams
  • The Owl at the Window by Carl Gorham
  • A Most Misleading Habit by Dandy Gilver
  • The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas (EEEEK!)

I bought way too many books this month, so I really have to cut down on that in February! Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? 🙂